More rain this week (Sat 27 May) although only one match was abandoned. There were no huge shocks although Tynemouth were embarrassingly skittled out for 31. South Northumberland still top the table and it looks as if the league is shaping up for a two way title fight between them and Benwell Hill.
Durham Acadamy were the higher scorers in a draw with Eppleton.
In a rain affected match Durham Acadamy took the extra points in what was an even contest. Scott Steel scored 81 and captain Christopher McBride 63 as Durham scored 193-3. Durham scored at a good rate with Steel and McBride both going at almost a run a ball. No one for Eppleton could repeat this as they ended on 120-4.
South Northumberland were the higher scorers in a draw with Hetton Lyons.
Another winning draw for South Northumberland against a title rival allowed them to maintain their lead. Keeper Rob Peyton top scored with 46 as they finished with 181-8. Hetton’s bowlers shared the wickets around with Josh Coughlin (who was named in Durham’s 13 man championship squad against Northants), Reece Wood, Robert Talbot and Cameron Grimwood all getting two. Opener Dominic Thomson scored 71 for Hetton but they scored at a slower rate, taking more overs to reach the same score as South North.
South Shields beat Felling by 2 wickets.
Another rain affected match seemed like it would be dominated by South Shields when they bowled Felling out for 125. In form Matthew Muchall took 4-37 and Salman Ahmed 3-23. Felling did put up a good fight however with Mark Turner take 3-22 and Craig Stephenson 2-11. This was not quite enough to win with South Shields getting over the line with 2 wickets remaining.
Stockton beat Whitburn by 7 wickets.
Whitburn scored 172-5 with Ross Carty scoring 38 and James Thompson 37. While not a bad score with rain interruptions Stockton reached the total relatively comfortably, finishing on 174-3, largely thanks to captain Kevin Ward who smashed 92 from 65 balls.
Newcastle beat Tynemouth by 7 wickets.
The pitch inspectors may have some interest in this match as Tynemouth collapsed to 31 all out. No batsman scored more than 5 in the innings with bowlers Sean Tindale, Callum Harding and Oliver Sale doing the damage. Newcastle reached the target within 8 overs.
Benwell Hill v Chester-le-Street was abandoned.
T20 Round Up.
In the second round of the t20 tournament no games were washed out unlike in the previous week. In group A South Shields comfortable beat felling as Salman Ahmed scored 77 (42) in a chase of 119. South Northumberland also comfortably beat Burnmoor thanks to Callum MacLeod and Rob Peyton both scored 43. Also in the group Whitburn’s openers took apart Gateshead Fell as they reached 212-1. Daniel Shurben scored 83 and James Thompson 104.
Group B saw Benwell Hill beat Chester-le-Street by 9 wickets in a preview of Saturday’s washed out NEPL match. Chasing 110 to win Kyle Coetzer scored 51* and Haseeb Azam 47* in an easy chase. In the closest match of the round Mainsforth beat Willington by 1 run. Willington captain Joe Cook’s 62 was in vain as they fell just short. Finally in the group Usman Arshad continued his return from injury for Sunderland as a batsman, captaining the side and hitting 75 out of the sides score of 122. Blaydon easily won thanks to Sunderland bowling 22 extras.
In Group C, Division 1 Burnopfield beat Premier League Newcastle by 33 runs. Chasing 114 Newcastle were all out for 80 as Laurence Wood took 4-13. This victory is particularly impressive as Callum Thorp did not bowl. The other matches in the group saw two convincing wins as Sacriston beat Seaham Harbour by 9 wickets, chasing 113 in 13 overs. Reigning championships Durham Academy also thrashed Tynemouth by 8 wickets due to a superb all round performance by Liam Trevaskis who took 3-11 and scored 58.
Brandon captain and opener Chris Peareth scored 83 (58) in a win over Eppleton by 21 runs. Stockton also beat Hetton Lyons by 6 wickets despite Hetton Captain Jarvis Clay hitting 54. Tom Hewison and Ryan Wallace both scored 40s in the match. Finally Boldon collapsed to 91 all out chasing Washington’s 153. Josh Wildon’s 89 (63) for Washington was key in setting the good total as Mark Watson took the wickets with 4-12.